Flu cases continue to rise in mid-Missouri with numbers above average
COLUMBIA - The number of flu cases in mid-Missouri has soared this winter season.
Influenza is a respiratory illness that hits suddenly and brings fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue and muscle aches.
In Boone County, according to the Boone County Health Department website, as of Feb. 14, there was a hike in the number of laboratory-confirmed flu cases.
- 140 cases reported the week of January 22 – 28, 2017
- 225 cases reported the week of January 29 – February 4, 2017
- 226 cases reported the week of February 5 – February 11, 2017
Each week the number of cases has continued to grow.
The department of influenza in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that Missouri is currently one of the seven states with the highest flu activity.
Eric Stann, who works for the Boone County Health Department, told KOMU 8 News that the department has been able to give out about 12,400 flu shots this year in Boone County.
"There have also been 59 schools in Boone County we have worked with to provide children with flu shots," Stann said.
There is a grant that gives kids newborn to 18-years-old access to a free flu shot.
One MU student, Elizabeth Moore, did not get a flu shot this year, but she said that is not the reason she believes she got ill this year.
"It's hit or miss, I've heard some people tell me they've gotten sick from the flu shot. So there may have been a possibility I wouldn't have gotten sick, but I don't believe that to be necessarily true," Moore said.
There are several places in Boone County that offer flu shots.
Some of these places include the Health Department, Walgreens, and MU Healthcare.
The CDC recommends annual flu vaccinations for everyone six months of age and older and encourages vaccinations for everyone who has yet to do so this season. The CDC said flu shots cannot cause the flu, but it can cause minor side effects.
You can find more information, and weekly flu updates on the health departments website.